davidcayjohnston 
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Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

Johnny,

I am sure much of my work going back 48 years has made some people very unhappy, especially those who went to prison, lost their jobs or lost election to an office for misconduct or whose subsidies or tax favors were halted. It has also brought joy to the innocent wrongly accused or convicted of things they did not do, the honest being punished for resisting demands that they look the other way and taxpayers who were saved from costly policies, including the more than a quarter of a trillion dollars (over just the first ten years) of tax dodges stopped because of my reporting.

I correct all errors promptly and forthrightly. If you find factual mistakes please contact me at davidcay@me.com. As for roundedness, please advise what facts you think I am not putting on the table.

You err in asserting I teach two days a week for a six-figure paycheck at U of R -- I teach one day a week for five figures at Syracuse. Also, its "spiel," not "speal."

As for whether I "earn" my paycheck, student evaluators consistently give very high marks to my Syracuse law and graduate business school courses on the law of the ancient world and some have said it was the most informing course they ever took; at USC in LA, where I taught once a week for eight years, students rated courses based on value received for their tuition. One year my journalism course was ranked #1 value in the entire undergraduate college. Other top schools have recruited me, and some hire me for lectures, so evidently their deans feel my teaching adds value.

Troll Whisperer, thanks for the kind words. The top 1% in 2012, based on tax returns, started much lower than you wrote. The 1% began at $394,000, with half of those reporting less than $612,000 of adjusted gross income.

Measuring only pay for work (wages, salaries, bonuses, stock option profits) the top 1% starts at $250,000 and the top half of 1% starts at less than $400,000. Half of workers earned less than $27,500 in 2012 and 92.6% were paid less than $100,000.

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Posted by davidcayjohnston on 10/15/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Passing the bucks: Cuomo's latest give-away

Oops. Dropped the word Lieutenant before Governor, which is correct for 1979.

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Posted by davidcayjohnston on 07/13/2013 at 7:55 PM

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